Will Superhero Movies Still Score Without Hans Zimmer?
Legendary composer Hans Zimmer has stated that he will be leaving superhero movies for good. The German composer, who has created or contributed to the music for over 150 films since the 1980s, including The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Rainman, Inception, and Interstellar to name a few, is ready to move on from scoring superhero movies. His work in superhero movies started back with 2005’s Batman Begins and continued with The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and most recently, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
During an interview with BBC HARDTalk, Hans Zimmer said that “I have officially retired from the superhero business. I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life. Then I did Superman, then I did this one.” Regarding his work on Batman v Superman, he went on to explain, “This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.” He added that he was glad he’d had the opportunity to work with a close friend, Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) on Zack Snyder’s movie. “That was very important, to have another voice in here.”
When pressed on whether or not he felt like scoring superhero movies was basically a paycheck gig, Zimmer had this to say, “I can’t believe, I really, truly in my heart believe that nobody can write for money.”
Hans Zimmer, one of the most celebrated film composers working today, is famous in part for integrating electronic music and electronic elements with traditional orchestra. Over his career, he’s picked up nine Oscar nominations, winning for the Lion King, and been decorated with Grammys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and a whole host of other awards.
So, will superhero movies miss the skill of Hans Zimmer? And what’s your favorite Hans Zimmer score? Tell us in the comments below.
Via the BBC.
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